Review: Peony Tea S. Dong Ding Oolong

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Peony Tea S. is a vendor that is based in Singapore and was established in 2011. They sell teas from both Taiwan and China. They have a nice selection of teas and also include a wooden measuring spatula, a cha ze, with your first order.

My sample today consists of little fists of leaves that range in color from light to dark olive. The aroma surprised me as most Dong Ding oolongs I have come across tend to lean towards the floral. Instead I was able to pick out green grass, clover and hints of cooked asparagus.

The instructions on the site were for gong-fu style prep whereas I prefer western style. If I have a suggestion it would be to include both. I set up my Breville using a water temp of 195 degrees and a steep time of 3 minutes.

The liquor is a lighter greenish gold and the fragrance is now very floral, lily and honeysuckle with hints of spice. Very smooth with a medium mouthfeel. The base note reminds me of sweet bread. The next layer has a bite of cinnamon and the sweetness of cantaloupe. The top note is definitely floral and lingers into an aftertaste that coats the roof of the mouth. As the tea cools I am also picking up teasers of peaches and apricots.

This is a delicious oolong with nice bit of complexity. Every sip brings something new to the table. The price is reasonable for this type of oolong and I am considering picking some up for myself.

— To purchase Peony Tea S. Dong Ding Oolong, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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